Richard Childress Racing has three previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the Joliet, Ill.-based facility, earning one victory with Austin Dillon in 2011 and two top-10 finishes. RCR boasts a sixth-place average starting position combined with a 7.3 average finishing position at the 1.5-mile track. Collectively, the Welcome, N.C.-based race team has completed 100 percent of the contested laps at Chicagoland Speedway and led 23 circuits.
RCR’s Camping World Truck Series History … In 235 Camping World Truck Series starts, RCR has earned 25 wins, 87 top-five finishes, 147 top-10 finishes and 32 pole awards, along with the inaugural series championship in 1995 with Mike Skinner and again with Austin Dillon in 2011. The organization has an average starting position of 9.7 and an average finishing position of 10.2.
Truck Line-up … Brendan Gaughan will pilot the No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. The No. 2 team will join Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team along with Joey Coulter and the No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team for Saturday night’s 150-lap event.
Season in Review … Through the first eight races of the season, RCR’s Camping World Truck Series entries have acquired one victory at Martinsville Speedway with Kevin Harvick behind the wheel and notched four pole awards, with Harvick at Martinsville Speedway and Dover International Speedway, George Jr. at Kansas Speedway and Dillon at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Welcome, N.C.-based organization has six top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, and has led 396 laps in 2012.
To the Points … With nine 2012 Camping World Truck Series races in the books, Dillon is third, in the driver championship point standings, 14 markers behind the leader, and Coulter sits in the eighth position, 50 points outside the top spot. RCR’s No. 2 Chevrolet team is ninth in the owner championship point standings utilizing three different drivers (Harvick, Gaughan and Tim George Jr.).
Social Media … To keep up-to-date with the latest news and information and to view exclusive content, visit RCR’s Twitter page – @RCRracing, RCR’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team Twitter pages – @RCR3TDillon, @RCR22JCoulter and @RCR2CWTS. RCR’s NCWTS driver personal Twitter pages – @tydillon, @JoeyCoulter and @Brendan62.
Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of this weekend’s American Ethanol 225 is scheduled to be televised live on Saturday, July 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on SPEED and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius-XM NASCAR Radio.
Brendan Gaughan #2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet
This Week’s South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway … Brendan Gaughan will pilot Chassis No. 061 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable. Built new for competition in 2012, Gaughan drove this entry at Texas Motor Speedway in June and brought home a fourth-place finish after starting sixth.
Back in Action … Gaughan returns to the driver’s seat of the No. 2 RCR Chevrolet this Saturday evening for the American Ethanol 225, his fourth of eight scheduled appearances in the 2012 season. Thus far this season, the Las Vegas native has collected one top-five and one top-10 finish, maintaining an average starting position of 9.3 and a 12th-place average finishing position.
Windy City Racing … Saturday night’s Camping World Truck Series race marks Gaughan’s second series career start at the 1.5-mile D-shaped oval. The 36-year-old driver’s lone series start came during the 2011 season where he started from the 17th position before finishing 14th. Gaughan has also collected track time at the 1.5-mile facility in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, with three additional starts between the two series.
Going for a Loop … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Gaughan maintains a 17th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 14th in the Camping World Truck Series at Chicagoland Speedway. He has made 59 green-flag passes while running within the top 15 for 109 laps.
To the Points … The No. 2 RCR Chevrolet team sits ninth in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, 62 points behind the No. 17 team. The No. 2 team has earned three pole awards, one victory, three top-five and three top-10 finishes between three different drivers (Gaughan, Tim George Jr. and Kevin Harvick) thus far this season.
South Point Hotel & Casino … South Point Hotel & Casino will serve as Gaughan’s primary sponsor for the No. 2 Chevrolet this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Located in the heart of the premiere southwest Las Vegas valley, minutes away from the famous Las Vegas Strip, South Point Hotel & Casino amenities include a 16-screen century theatre movie complex, 64-lane bowling center and a handful of restaurants that cater to all appetites and tastes. The casino features a large selection of table games and the latest slot and video poker machines. The distinctive hotel features spacious rooms and suites with 42-inch LED televisions, Point Plush mattresses and wireless fidelity throughout. A unique feature to this property is its Equestrian Center, which is the finest horse facility in the country. South Point also has a fabulous 400-seat showroom that features headliner entertainment and dancing to live bands on weekends.
In the Rearview Mirror: Iowa Speedway … George and the No. 2 Applebee’s/Potomac Family Dining Group team finished 15th at Iowa Speedway after battling handling conditions on the Chevrolet for the majority of the American Ethanol 200 last Saturday evening.
What are your thoughts on driving the No. 2 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway? “Chicagoland Speedway is a track that I have had done well with throughout the years, I even had a top ten in the Sprint Cup Series back in the day. It’s a 1.5-mile track that I really like racing on in the (Camping World) Truck Series. It has a wide groove to move around in and I love racing at night. Gere Kennon (crew chief) and the entire No. 2 team have been giving me great Chevrolets every time I climb into one of the RCR trucks, and I plan on taking advantage of these great opportunities.”
Ty Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
This Week’s Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway … Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 019from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday’s American Ethanol 225. Dillon earned the pole award with this chassis at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and finished 10th. He also drove this Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in June after starting third. This chassis was utilized by Dillon’s older brother, Austin, in four events in 2011.
Windy City Details … This week’s 150-lap race marks Dillon’s second appearance at the Joliet, Ill.-based facility. Although the RCR driver has yet to compete at the 1.5-mile track in the Camping World Truck Series, he earned the pole award and made a trip to Victory Lane in his lone ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start at Chicagoland Speedway, leading for 16 circuits.
Memory Lane … A year ago when Dillon made his first start at Chicagoland Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series, the 20-year-old driver missed practice due to his high school graduation and didn’t turn any laps on the racing surface until qualifying. Earning a fifth-place starting position, Dillon maintained his running position in the top 10 for a majority of the event. With 16 laps remaining in the 100-lap event, Dillon took the lead earning his third victory en route to the 2011 ARCA Racing Series driver championship title.
Points Racing … After a seventh-place showing at Iowa Speedway last weekend, Dillon is third in the 2012 Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 14 points behind leader Timothy Peters.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update … Dillon leads the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings by 57 points ahead of driver Cale Gale.
Season to Date … Dillon has earned impressive stats with nine races complete on the 2012 Camping World Truck Series schedule. According to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics, the Welcome, N.C., native is ranked second in the Fastest Driver Early in a Run category and is fourth in the following areas: Average Running Position (8.706), Driver Rating (99.2), Fastest on Restarts, Laps Run in the Top-15 (1,297), and Percentage of Laps Run on Lead Lap (96.92 percent). Dillon has also made 252 Quality Passes ranking him eighth amongst his competitors.
Dinner and an Autograph … Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team are scheduled to sign autographs at Bass Pro Shops located at 709 Janes Ave. in Bolingbrook, Ill., on July 19 beginning at 6 p.m. Central Time. Fans will have the opportunity to not only receive an autograph from the team, have a chance to win dinner with Dillon and the No. 3 pit crew. A gold “3″ will be located on one autograph card and the recipient will be invited to join the team for dinner.
Iowa Speedway Recap … The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet started from the 15th position last weekend at Iowa Speedway. After reporting a right-front tire shake, Dillon was called to pit road for service. As he was rejoining competition, a caution flag slowed the field placing Dillon a lap down to the leader. Restarting from the 32nd position with 60 laps remaining in the 200-lap event, the Welcome, N.C., native began his trek through the field and was awarded his lap back by receiving the “Lucky Dog” award. Dillon was able to climb to the seventh position before the checkered flag was displayed to the drivers.
You’ve never actually practiced at Chicagoland Speedway. What are your thoughts heading into this race weekend? “Last year, I was graduating high school during the ARCA Racing Series practice sessions. Scott Wimmer stepped in and helped the guys get the car dialed in for me to qualify. I learned a lot during the race, and I tested an ARCA car there at the beginning of last season. I treat this track like I do any other track that I haven’t raced on; I’ll learn everything I can during practice and work hard to compete up front.”
Last weekend at Iowa Speedway marked your eighth consecutive top-10 finish. How do you turn those top-10 finishes into victories? “We just have to keep our eyes focused on the prize. Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) and the guys have worked really hard putting together fast Bass Pro Shop Chevrolets for me each week. We’re almost there and if we keep digging, we’ll get a win here very soon.”
Joey Coulter #22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
This Week’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway … Joey Coulter will pilot chassis No. 024 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in Saturday night’s American Ethanol 225. This chassis was last utilized by Coulter at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May where he finished seventh, and again at Texas Motor Speedway when the RCR driver started 11th and brought home a third-place finish.
Coulter in the Windy City … Coulter will be making his second appearance in the Camping World Truck Series at the 1.5-mile facility. His first start at the Joliet, Ill. – based speedway resulted in a 12th-place finish. He has two additional starts at Chicagoland Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, finishing sixth in 2009 and collecting an eighth-place finish in 2010.
Last Time in Chicagoland … In Coulter’s Camping World Truck Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway last season, he collected a 12th-place result after starting from the 11th position. After beginning the 150-lap event with a loose-handling condition, crew chief Harold Holly called Coulter to pit road for chassis adjustments. Those changes didn’t alleviate the ill-handling condition but rather resulted in a tight-handling condition for the remainder of the race. Despite battling the changing conditions of the No. 22 Chevrolet, Coulter was able to pass more competitors and cross the line in the 12th position.
Nine Races In … Approaching the halfway point of the 2012 Truck Series season schedule, Coulter leads all drivers in the Fastest Early in a Run category according to NASCAR’s Season-to-Date Loop Data Statistics. Additionally, he is ranked first in Fastest Speed in Traffic and third in Quality Passes with 316 passes.
Get to the Points … After collecting his third consecutive top-10 finish of the season at Iowa Speedway; Coulter is currently eighth in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 61 points behind leader Timothy Peters.
Rewind: Iowa Speedway … Taking the green flag from the 12th position, Coulter battled a tight-handling condition on his American Ethanol Chevrolet. Throughout the course of multiple caution periods the Holly-led team made multiple track bar and chassis adjustments. Coulter and his entire crew rallied around the mantra “never give up” and the 22-year-old wheeled his Chevrolet through the field taking the checkered flag in the eighth position to score their fifth top-10 finish of the season.
What are your thoughts heading to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend? “I’m excited to be going back to a track where I had some success running in the ARCA Racing Series. Last year’s (Camping World) Truck (Series) race at Chicagoland (Speedway) didn’t end as well as I would have liked, but I learned a lot. Now that I have experience at the track in this series, I think the No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will be strong this weekend.”